How to Build a Skin-on-Frame Canoe

Essex Shipbuilding Museum offers a course


How to build a skin-on-frame canoe

with Hilary Russell

of the Berkshire Boatbuilding School

May 15 – 16, 2009

Waterline Center

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main Street

Essex, MA 01929

Students will be given a list of materials, sources, and a step-by-step written explanation of the skin-on-frame building process, so that – with the aid of their own notes and photographs from this course – they will be able to build their own skin-on-frame canoe or rowboat.

We will meet at 6:30 – 8:30 Friday evening, become familiar with the shop, and set up for work the next day. On Saturday morning we will install ribs and in the afternoon we will lash the stringers to the ribs and stems. Sunday morning we will glue in place the inwales and dry fit the backrest, thwart, stemband, and rubrails. That afternoon we will skin the canoe.

Depending on the number of students, the group will build one or possibly two boats, which will be raffled off at the end of the class, with a charge of $475 to cover cost of materials and milling.

Cost: $175

For further information and to enroll visit:

Or, contact the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Tel. 978-768-7541